Tuesday, June 4, 2013

You're brilliant. You're fired.

27 photographers laid off at The Chicago Sun-Times. (Reporters will now snap their own pics with iPhones. Ain't that a kick?) Jaron Lanier's observation holds: Photographers, musicians and journalists are the canaries in the coal minethe first who get the axe, thanks to redundancies created by big data and cheap data input systems (i.e.: the built-in iPhone camera) that even idiots (or reporters) can use. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, kids. Teachers, nurses and nearly everyone else will follow. 

“If a man is skilled in his work, he shall stand before kings.”
—Proverbs 22:29 
So the Bible says, and it still is news, though perhaps old. An updated proverb…

“If a man is skilled in his work, he can be replaced by a machine.”

Not nearly as encouraging, eh?

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